The Red Bull and McLaren stories from last week still won’t go away. Later today I’m going to be talking to McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh and I’m sure there’ll be more questions about it then.
Here’s today’s round-up:
“I hear another interesting fact, as well. Red Bull said after the race that Webber had asked the team to slow Vettel down. But that is not accurate. Having noticed Vettel was quicker than him on the straight, Webber had actually asked whether Vettel was on the same engine settings as him. I understand the team and Webber will make this clear in Canada this weekend.” The plot just keeps thickening.
“Proof of the need to slow Hamilton down came after the race, when McLaren discovered that he had less than one lap’s worth left in his car – while Button had just a little more.”
Austin F1 Grand Prix promoter Tavo Hellmund: “Formula One’s requirements are so stringent. If you look over 15 years, the people that haven’t used Tilke end up hiring him to fix or complete the things that weren’t done… I don’t think we’re going to have any issues.”
Comment of the day
Lots of opinions yesterday on whether Kimi Räikkönen will ever come back to Formula 1. Alianora la Canta is one of many who thinks he won’t:
I don’t think Kimi will ever return to F1 for one simple reason: he enjoys rallying more. Kimi has always been a fun-loving driver who races best when his heart is in it. In the latter half of his F1 career his heart only seemed to be in it if there was a result to chase. Having now found his joy in racing again, Kimi is now at his best all the time (except when crashing, and everyone in rallying crashes sometimes!)
I think Kimi will spend a decade in top-line rallying (maybe longer if his body’s up to it), win at least two WRC titles, become renowned for his versatility more than his exploits in any one series and generally be a happy, fulfilled racer. It’s probably just as well that F1 bosses don’t seem to want Kimi because he is more indifferent to them now than they ever will be to him.
Alianora la Canta
On this day in F1
The last Canadian Grand Prix was held on this day in 2008. Robert Kubica scored his first F1 win at the track where he had crashed horribly just one year earlier.
The 2008 race was another exciting affair, with Lewis Hamilton wiping out himself and reigning champion Kimi Raikkonen by crashing into the Ferrari in the pit lane.
Check out this video from a fan in the stands with a HD camera who saw it all happen: